Mitsuko is a beloved concert pianist. Her recitals continue to be highly popular. Her audiences are enthusiastic about her performances, among others because of her refined and poetic style, her broad romantic repertoire which appeals to the general public, and her charming and modest personality. Time and again she captivates her audiences with her music, which she plays straight from the heart. Mitsuko dares to surprise her audiences with little known, even forgotten, pieces such as those by Berger.
Mitsuko Saruwatari studied at the Toho Gakuen School of Music in Tokyo and, with a stipend from the Dutch government, continued under the tutelage of Willem Brons at the Sweelinck Conservatory in Amsterdam. She further honed her skills in London under the guidance of John Bingham. During her studies she won numerous prizes, including first prize at the music competition for French music in Kyoto. Over the past ten years she has performed regularly on Dutch stages as pianist for the Uriël Ensemble, together with members of the Concertgebouw Orchestra. Mitsuko furthermore performs as a guest pianist with other chamber music ensembles, and she is active as a concert pianist in other European countries and in her native Japan.
After thirteen years of chamber music, Mitsuko has chosen to now focus primarily on her solo repertoire. In 2016 her second CD was released: ‘Schumann the Poet’. A new CD, with pieces by Wilhelm Berger (1861-1911), is scheduled for early next year. Her recital performances will be much more frequent from now on, and you will be able to hear her on a number of Dutch concert podia in the 2017-18 season.